Daya is a fun loving 22-month-old toddler, who is smiley, cheeky, strong and resilient.
When she was just eleven months old, Daya was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, after a huge mass was discovered in her abdomen. Further tests confirmed that the cancer had spread quickly to her lymphatic system and bones.
After eight rounds of chemotherapy and countless nights in hospital with complications and infections in between rounds, Daya’s parents were told that the main tumour was inoperable due to its highly dangerous position.
It meant Daya went through a ninth round of high-dose chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. One of the most challenging phases in her treatment schedule, Daya was confined to an isolation room at hospital for six weeks.
She’s already been battling cancer for over half her little life and has spent the majority of this time away from her family.
Daya’s mum, Pamela says: “Watching your child suffer through round after round of chemotherapy and its awful side effects is excruciating and any parent’s worst nightmare.”
Despite such intensive treatment, survival rates for young people with high-risk neuroblastoma are around 40%. If a child relapses, this rate reduces even further to less than a 1 in 10 chance of surviving five years.
It all means that Daya’s family has looked overseas. They are now raising £362,000 for surgery in New York to remove the remaining neuroblastoma tumour. The operation at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is being performed by a world-leading surgeon and will give her the best chance of beating the disease.
Her parents, Pamela and Anupreet say: “Daya’s name means compassion and kindness. We chose that name in the hope that its values would give her some guidance as she journeyed through life. We had no idea that she would herself become the focus of so much kindness and generosity from so many people at such a tender age.
“We have been bowled over by the response to our campaign already and the amazing generosity of friends, colleagues, and even complete strangers. The NHS has been fantastic since the diagnosis; the doctors and nurses have been real heroes for us, but we know that Daya’s future treatment options are limited. We will do whatever we can to give Daya the best chance of life and through Solving Kids’ Cancer we want to help as many other families as possible in their struggle against neuroblastoma.”
Daya’s fundraising campaign
As Daya’s family know, neuroblastoma is an aggressive and complex cancer to treat. In May 2018, doctors advised that Daya’s primary tumour is inoperable. They are now raising £362,000 for surgery in New York to remove the remaining neuroblastoma tumour. The operation at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is being performed by a world-leading surgeon and will give her the best chance of beating the disease. Please help give Daya hope. The family wants to help as many other children as possible; if Daya does not use the funds for treatment, all money raised will go to Solving Kids’ Cancer and their charitable work in funding research and supporting other families against neuroblastoma.
How you can help
There are many ways you can help Daya: by making a personal donation; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge; or simply following and sharing Daya’s story through her Facebook page, Twitter profile, Instagram page or on Pamela’s blog.
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You can make a donation via this page, or if you’d prefer to text donate, text DYAM55 and your amount £1 – £10 to 70070. If you’d like help supporting Daya’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and firstname.lastname@example.org.